September 26th, 2008
10:21 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama: U.S. must reevaluate relations with Moscow

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OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama called Friday for reevaluating the United States approach to Russia in light of the country's recent military action in the Caucaus.

Watch: Candidates discuss military strategy

"You cannot be a 21st-century superpower and act like a 20th-century dictatorship," he said at his first presidential debate against Sen. John McCain.

soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Santiago

    WAOOOO!!! McCains answer to the Russia question was outstanding. It deserved a standing ovation.

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. jordan taylor

    Both candidates have a lot to say about what Russia should do when the US is going in the whole to them on a daily basis...

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Liz T, Tucson

    McCain is too personally involved with Saakashvili.

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Army LT

    Well said, Obama.

    Go away, Schneider. You have absolutely no impartiality and you do your profession and your employer a grave injustice.

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. C Cat in Texas

    Has anyone counted the number of times McCain has said, "Senator Obama doesn't seem to understand..." Someone has been coached.

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Diana NJ

    Believe Russia was defending areas that Georgia was ..... invading

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Kris K from RM,CA

    That is right. Using diplomacy to resolve issues...not war.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. manchild

    McCain seems to be moving in and out of sanity.Its
    scary and sad.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Dan

    I agree with Obama here, 20th century dictatorships were SO inefficient. We need a dictator for the new millenium!

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. jmb

    Obama is displaying a LOT if subtlety of understanding on these foreign policy issues...he's communicating the intricacies of these problems REALLY well.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Julia

    Obama is right. And being arrogrant as McCain has been tonight with his opinions bothers me a lot

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. Bobbie

    It sounds as though Senator McCain wants to implement the same strategies and tactics as before. I'd like to define for the
    Senator the definition of insanity as my mother told me some 30+ years ago: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result. I would like to see our country move away from the mind set of attack and destroy all that is different. This destructiveness has been our mantra for hundreds of years. It's never worked because it is a renders a concept of exclusion, not inclusion. I admire Senator McCain, but what comes to mind when I hear him speak is: You can't teach an old dog new tricks. He has a particular way of doing things and because he's from the old school, he will always reach into the same bag for his solutions. We need a new bag to choose from.

    Thanks

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Amanda

    Lets just give Palin a row boat and she can go on over there and fix everything.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Austin

    Obama is absolutely right. You can’t start a war in every corner of the world, without diplomacy first. What the heck is McCain thinking! He does not belong in the 21st century politics. McCain is so pro-war, it’s scary!!

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. KUCITIZEN

    honestly, let Nader debate or at the very least stop the media blackout on third party candidates.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Chase For Obama 08

    That's right Senator Obama! Keep showing the lies and political posturing by McSame!

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Kathleen

    Obama, maybe you shouldn't question McCain on Moscow. Afterall, his VP candidate can see RUSSIA from her house. I'm sure she has the inside track.....

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. watching from Atlanta

    Yes, Mc Cain was there 35 years ago, and over there 42.3 years ago. very true, but what you know, including your experiences, do we really wanna continue on with econmical and foriegn policy?

    Mc Cain even remember where he put is tie this morning, please.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. kelley james

    With McCain it easy. Just kill everyone who disagree with us. Just teach them a lesson. Have another war.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. Mark - FL

    In the coming weeks you will see ALL of what Sen. Obama has said tonight will be 'mysteriously' implemented!!
    They have DONE so far ALL of what Sen. Obama has said!
    Amazing!

    President Obama you have my Vote!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. cat007

    McCain knows his only chance is to humiliate Obama

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Kate Fergus

    You are absolutely right!! Obama is a 21st century leader. McCain is living in the past.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Nancy, Montana

    Excellent comment

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Jason, Rochester Hills, MI

    You talk about a dangerous man...McCain is looking to extend us in Iraq and now he is going to call out a conflict with Russia by talking smack about Putin in the most widely televised debate in history.

    He is a true example of a war monger.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. Andree Goens

    McCain is a LIER!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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